For a supposedly weaker “non-winners of 2 life” designation, there’s lots of budding talent in today’s 6-½ furlong sprint for fillies and mares. And given the race’s dynamics, the winning result seems to be screaming for a mid-pack stalker or even rally type if the pace heats up to a high degree.

Two fillies seem to fit the dynamic pretty well. Two starts back, Itobe stalked a lively pace from close range and drew off with authority, showing his preference for Belmont Park with a strongly run effort, before suffering through a wide trip on a sloppy track. Two outside two of the main speeds beneath the position conscious Eddie Castro, he figures to get first run on the ralliers.

Song Of Love turns back to this hybrid distance after stalking the pace racing 4 wide at furlongs, a difficult trip especially over the wide expanse of Belmont Park. She goes well for Tagg stable rider Eibar Coa--her lone win--and she’s had three works since her tough-trip latest including an extremely sharp half-mile breeze. From her outside slip, she can sit off Itobe’s hip and begin kicking in earnest soon after straightening away. Her performance figures are consistently better than the group and the distance would seem to fit her style perfectly.

Taking Song Of Love to win at 3-1 or greater and an exacta box with Itobe.

Running Totals: (295) 88-62-36 Total Dollar Return: $585.00 [win selections only]